Exodus – a fictional account of creation of Jewish homeland “Israel”

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Exodus” is a novel built around numerous passionate attempts by Jewish zealots to establish a homeland for themselves – “Israel”. The title “Exodus” refers to the movement/immigration of Jewish community across the world to “Israel”

Leon Uris has been able to bring out the travesty faced by the Jewish community during the World War II and also offers insights into political stage during the era. The author has also spent considerable time in describing the concepts of Kibbutz (Collective farms of Jewish Community) and formation of Haganah (self defense army of Jewish community) which are indicative of the immense research work put behind the novel.

The story revolves around a few characters like Ari, Kitty, Karen and Dov. The characters of the story are quiet serious and is in line with the seriousness of the subject of the story. Leon has successfully tied the determination of these characters to establish Jewish nation with their past lives, which enables the reader to empathize with the mindset of the characters.

The story never deviates from the underlying theme of the story “Creation of Israel”; moreover the last hundred pages of the novel only describe the fighting, killing, murder and victory, which can be drab at times to the reader.

The language is simple and is easy to read. I will recommend the novel to serious readers only, especially ones interested in learning the story of Israel and the state of Jewish Community during World War II. For the light readers, the movie “Exodus” based on the novel is a good alternative. The novel is an excellent work of bringing together fiction and real events of the past and hence I award a rating of 3.5 on a scale of 5.

P.S: If you are interested in learning about state of Jewish Community and the travesty that befell them during World War II, “Diary of a Young Girl” is highly recommended.

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Romance with Chaos, a piece on urban life & office politics

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Romance with Chaos

Romance with Chaos” by “Nishant Kaushik” is a story of young professional who finds his job as one without challenges & recognition and is in constant fight to find peace in his chaotic life. Life of Nakul, the protagonist of the novel, mirrors life of any other young professional in the corporate sphere who struggles with harsh realities of job and aims to identify an “X-Factor” in their life.

The author has used random events of Nakul’s life like betrayal by a colleague at workplace, breakup with girl friend, meeting with a co-passenger in a flight and coming across a few random sketches drawn by an acquaintance to shape the story.

The plot seems to be partly inspired by the experience of the author in the corporate and therefore many young professionals can find a good connect with the story. Description of Nakul’s relationship with Kavya has Nishant’s humorous touch and forms the most interesting part of the story for me. Reader might feel the characters of the story to be stereotyped as the characters might resemble many real personalities in an urban readers’ life. The book misses detailed descriptions of settings and characters, which seems to be a typical trait of the books of this genre.

The book as in the case of many Indian fiction books is a recommend for short reads and might not vet the appetite of true bibliophiles. Overall, a 3 out of 5 to Nishant for the piece.